Who said that burgers are very unhealthy and can’t be part of quinoa diet? Not when they are made from quinoa. You cam make quinoa burgers from white or red quinoa. It’s up to you which one you choose. These gorgeous burgers are from a great foodie blog called Fig and Fennel. It’s a great recipe because you can make it in less than 30 minutes. So it’s fast food, isn’t?
Here is the recipe:
Red Quinoa Burgers with Mushroom Sage Sauce
- 2 cups red quinoa, rinsed
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs sesame seeds
- sea salt to taste
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
- 1 tbs fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup white wine
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbs heavy cream
- sea salt and pepper
Boil the quinoa. Quinoa is cooked when the tight little grains uncurl into a spiral. Best when cooked until tender but not mushy. Drain well.
Stir into the pot sesame seeds, eggs and salt. In a heavy skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Drop into oil batches of quinoa.
With a spoon, shape into the size of a medium pancake, about 1 inch thick and 4 inches in diameter (like you would a hamburger patty). Cook in the oil for a few minutes. Then flip and cook on the other side for a couple of minutes. Do these in batches and keep cooked “burgers” on a baking sheet in a barely heated oven to keep them warm.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil for the sauce over medium heat. Add mushrooms, sage and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, until mushrooms release their juices. Stir in wine and lemon juice. Simmer for 10 minutes or so. Stir in cream and salt and pepper.
Serve burgers on a bed of arugula with mushroom sauce spooned over them.
Image: Fig and Fennel